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Etcetera
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They were... i think the appeals place is in Bristol and they were overruled.

Digger (not verified)
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If so, not impressed. Yet another take-away and more rubbish in the village. I thought even our councillors were against that but perhaps not, or they couldn't stop it.

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I think it went to appeal in Bristol and got passed....

Digger (not verified)
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I thought that the Dixie thing wasn't approved?

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I assume the activity at Barnardos will be the Dixie Chicken Takeaway - lots of rumours about the old Corner Gallery - the new Corner Gallery is around the corner in Buxton Street.

Digger (not verified)
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So, activity in the old Barnado's shop and the one that was the art shop near Piccolo's. Anyone know anything?

Digger (not verified)
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I bought the odd bunch on my Sat mornings but the choice was getting less and less until on the last occasion a couple of months ago she had nothing in. I thought that's odd and wondered if problems were starting. A crying shame as she was an excellent florist. The annoying thing is the Co-ops and other shops selling cheap bunches of (often) time-expired garbage probably ate into her market.

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Regarding the Florists, sad to see it be no more. Confession - oneself never bought any ! - never plucked-up the courage to ask the lassie if she was 'spoken for' !

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Confirmed to me that this has now closed. Sad that we no longer have a specialist florist. the lady who ran that one did some greats arrangements but seemed to struggle with stock for the day-to-day bunches of flowers at the end.
 
See the carpet shop is open though - good news.

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Has the flower shop now gone? The shutters have been down for a few days including last Saturday.

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Just wanted to say a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Lisa and Sue at Me Time for making sure my hair stayed perfect throughout the day and for fitting in the extra manicure on what was already a busy Sunday for you both.  I am sure you will be a great bonus to the village.

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Yep, someone in the know has told me that the G&G owner has closed the premises due to ill health in the family.
 
Still no firm date for the opening of the Wine Bar?
 
Note in the old travel agents window saying that a carpet shop is coming shortly.

John Hartley
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Before Mathers opened their caff, I used to visit the G & G for the occasional full fry-up. However, I quickly shifted my custom when I realised the better quality of the Mathers brekkie - superb value for money as well.

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I've never been in it either, didn't appeal to me. It's no good saying you love it if you've not been aware it closed months ago!   :-)

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I love the Grill and Griddle - its stuck in a time warp.  All it needs is a juke box playing all the old Elvis songs.  It should never be changed.   

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Regarding the Grill & Griddle - it has been 'shut' for some months now - there was once a notice on the door explaining why - illness ?
Either way, as one who has never entered said establishment - it has always looked  tired and dated - methinks it be time for a new broom and a sledgehammer !

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Noticed a couple of people inside the old travel agents the other day, a carpet van parked outside and now there are several carpet sample books inside on the floor. Someone trying to decide what to get or a carpet shop imminent?
 
Also, noticed the Grill & Griddle on the Green seems to be closed everytime I've passed recently. Has it gone?

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Diggger
.Are you sure that it was not a couple of bumbling villains who were unaware  that the bank closed down some time ago ?

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Congratulations to the new hairdresser that open in Gatley yesterday.

John Hartley
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I genuinely reckon the butcher has little to fear. There was one stall selling meat - a small farm their not-at-all-cheap free-range sausages and a bit of beef. They're a smallholding with a few pigs and cows.  As I said on the farmers market thread, I buy free-range pork sausages and have to buy from the supermarket. If the local butcher wants to sell them, I'll gladly buy from him but I don't buy non-free range. The farm stall is selling to folk happy to pay more for a product from higher welfare standard pigs - it's a different market to the butcher's. Horses for courses if you like.
 
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Totally agree, John, so would I. But that doesn't detract from my previous post. The butcher is already expressing concern. The sellers on a market are not incurring the rates, rent, costs etc which a shop does. If he were to close we'd be back to moaning about "not having a good butcher". That's why I'm saying support the local shopkeeper when we are lucky to get them in, not stab them in the back with cheap casual alternatives.

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Digger - have to say that if someone opened a greengrocers selling the range and quality of the stall that was at the farmers market, then I'd shop with them every week - just as I did when Nick Mundy and his sister ran their shop.
 
 

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Why would anyone open a greengrocer when one week in four they'll lose takings to the proposed farmers' market. I could see the butcher taking a similar knock. Folk are keen to get these traders back but to be honest don't really follow up with their support. 

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You'd be out of luck, HG - I'm sorry to say.
 
And, seeing as it can't be a takeaway, then it's Gatley's second favourite enterprise. Yes, according to the leaflet in the window, yet another "hairdresser and beauty salon". Opens on the 28th.
 
Me? I can barely contain myself with excitement at the prospect.

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Nice to see that the old Launderette's being worked on.  Quite a few new businesses in the village now.  I'm still hoping for a Greengrocer's.

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Did you know the sandwich shop, La Cueba, has changed hands.  Welcome to Shona McMillan, the new owner.  

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Having opened The Curtain Agency 2.5 years ago I have found that local people do want local services and shops. Without local support I would not have been able to move to the larger shop on Church Road.
I am very grateful to the people of Gatley for this support. It is very scary in todays climate to run a small business but I do hope more independant shops move in to give Gatley a boost. We do not need anymore fast food outlets that is for sure!!!!!

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Just to avoid confusion - the Corner Gallery run by David Hartley is round the corner on Buxton Street.  The shop on Church Road isn't David's - its the new owner of the property.
David has some great things in Buxton Street - go say hello and have a look round.

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Two guys looking around the Natwest bank tonight (from the outside!). Think one of them was Mr Armenique. Interesting.

steve (not verified)
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I love the addition of the CoffeeFix to Gatley, you can tell from the staff and owners that they are genuinely passionate about what they do. They have also understood how to do opening hours for under-60s, have WiFi, clean and accessible toilet, even a changing mat for babies; very family friendly, but with customers of all ages coming in and out, making it a pleasure to enjoy a coffee and watch Gatley life pass by.

The brews are made to a very high standard, but unfortunately it can still take a bit of time, I believe this is because brews are processed in the strict order they were placed - which might make asking for a glass of water take 5 minutes. A bit of optimization could be in place, I guess if you've ordered cake, sandwich, two milkshakes and a double espresso you are OK to wait a bit while the lady with the single muffin gets preference.

I believe the sandwich choices have improved since opening, I certainly enjoyed my salmon and cream cheese. The bread is high quality, from the Barbican in Chorlton.

I'm glad to see that many Gatley residents agree with me and have spent this superb easter-wedding-bank-week-whatever-we-call-it locally, we have certainly used the weather to just walk everywhere almost every day.

One example story:
This Saturday we did a day trip with the pram walking to Cheadle to post some letters (as the Gatley post office closes at inhumane 12:30 - that's before the News Quiz!) - only to realize that the Cheadle PO closed at 13:00 (not 15:00 as it is wrongly claimed on the Royal mail web site), so instead we did a nice lunch at Bellini's (£5 for pizza or pasta with salad), looked for a printer cartridge at Cartridge World (we had to go online to find our model, sadly). 

Finally we strolled back to Gatley for a hair cut from the Gatley Barbers (£5! Really! Felt too embarrassed to top up with a generous tip this time; I think they could easily charge £7 for adults), looked for sun block from the Singer's Chemist (but they didn't have one for babies), looked for door mat at Polly's but ended up getting a smaller one from A&I before finishing with a little sip of something cold (for a change) from the CoffeeFix.

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